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Paul Meets Bernadette    by Rosy Lamb order for
Paul Meets Bernadette
by Rosy Lamb
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Paul is a goldfish who spends his life going around in circles until Bernadette shows up. The day Bernadette joins him in his fish bowl she immediately points out that there is more to life than swimming around in circles.

'Haven't you ever noticed that there's a whole world out there? There are so many things to see. Come look over here.'

The two gaze out and see a large banana sitting on a dish. 'That is a boat!' says Bernadette.

And that big round thing off in the distance? 'That is a cactus!' exclaims Bernadette. Well, actually it is an alarm clock but Paul is in no position to quibble.

Bernadette's assessment of what is outside the fish bowl may be a bit off, but no matter. The important thing is that (a) she has opened up new vistas for Paul and (b) Paul now has someone to share his domicile with.

This charming ode to an active imagination and the way that life can change when a bewitching individual like Bernadette opens your eyes is intended for children four years of age and older, but I think this picture book will resonate with many adults as well.

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